Terre Haute’s Notorious Red Light District

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Home to uproarious saloons, swindling gambling dens and thriving brothels, Terre Haute’s infamous West End was so wild that the Chicago Tribune called it “the scene of a hundred all night carousings.” Pimps, pickpockets and con men roamed the crowded streets where legendary madam Edith Brown’s pleasure palace was the crown jewel of brothels. More than a mere den of iniquity, the West End was also a community where people could put bickering differences aside and pull together to help their neighbors. It wasn’t just a place for seedy enterprise, but rather a place for stores, cafés and homes. Historian Tim Crumrin presents the first complete history of this legendary area and separates myth from reality to reveal the very human side of the West End.
ISBN: 9781467151306
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Indiana
Images: 37
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Tim Crumrin is an award-winning historian and author. He received the prestigious Eli Lilly Lifetime Achievement in Indiana History Award from the Indiana Historical Society in 2014 for his contributions to history. His previous works include A Sky Held Captive, a collection of short fiction and poetry, and Til the Coal Train Hauled It Away: A Memoir of the Rise and Decline of a Small Town, as well as two other books on the history of Terre Haute: Wicked Terre Haute and Hidden History of Terre Haute. He lives in Terre Haute with his wife, Robin, and two dogs, Clary and Cadie, who graciously allow him to share their office.
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